It’s Going To Get Worse…

In many things we learn, we have to go through a certain cycle.  Its called the J-curve. Things get worse immediately after you attempt to implement what you learn.

Because of the lack of understanding and new information, you initially experience frustrations and ‘failures’, and that can be infruitating sometimes.

However, after sometime of internal consolidation with your learning mind, things around starts to get better. This occurs as a result of your increased competency and applied knowledge. You will see that things improve over a period of time as they eventually hit a steep slope of accelerated results, making success sooner than before.

Yet its truly a pity that some do not see that its going to get better and chose to give up before that. As a result, a lot of people do not get to fully manifest the J-curve potential.

Most people want that instant result, that holy grail formula that produces immediate change. It might happen, but that would still be a J-curve, just a much sharper, steeper one.

Even with learning, you need to go through the slight discomfort of learning new unfamiliar terminologies, having your current beliefs and paradigms challenged before you receive the new dawn of understanding and enlightment.

Let me share with you a common example. Jack would like start a certain food business. He got ready all the things he needed: a business plan, a retail outlet, marketing brouchures, capital and budget, logistics, food ingredients, etc.

Very soon, he noted that he had to put in a lot of effort, time and money into it. He spent sleepless night to solve the multiple problems that occurs in the business. Before he could cover his costs and breakeven, his wife was already quarreling with him on his late nights of abscence, while his second child was on the way, due at the end of the year. Meanwhile, his outlet did not seemed to be making money.

Deep in his heart, he was considering closing shop and had started looking through the newspapers for his next job…

Another example occurs with people who need to do public speaking. May needed to do lots of presentations at work. Internally, she had a fear of speaking to a large crowd. Now this is a common issue that many people have to overcome as public speakers.

She crafted her speeches and practiced them dilligently. Yet everytime May stood on the stage, her memory and mind seemed to leave her, panic and anxiety possessed her. In fact, there was once where she was so stunned and awed in front of the audience that nothing came out of her mouth. She had to quickly excuse herself and left the stage in a frantic. She secertly swore that she will not put herself to such shame again.

When we started the coaching and consultation, she was repulsive to public speaking and rebutted the need to communcate on stage. Jack, on the other hand, was living on his savings to feed his expanding family and tried to keep in touch with a few potential employers, just in case… He was on the verge of giving up his dream of having an eatery.

After sharing with them the J-curve concept, both understood the need to persist on and we worked on several issues together. Jack revamped his business model, improved on marketing tools and is now receiving substantial regular profits. He is currently expanding his outlets.

Emerging from the lower points of J-curve, May now commands a high income and commission on her presentations with the company and external clients. She is often scheduled to speak at her company’s meeting and finds great joy in what she is doing.

My friends, what people really need to understand is that “It’s going to get worse, before it’s going to get better.”

Hence the courage is to first go through the worst part and have the wisdom to know when it will be over.

Which part of the J-curve are you at now?

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